James "Gene" Eugene Perdue, 84, peacefully transitioned into his eternity early Thursday morning, February 1, 2024, at the Keysville Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. Graveside services with military honors will be held Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at 2:30PM in the Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery with his great nephew, Travis J. Howard, officiating. The family will greet friends at James Funeral Home from 1:15 – 2:15PM prior to the service.
Gene was born on June 17, 1939, in Wrens, Georgia, to the late Effie Marion Wren Perdue and the late Hubert Lonnie Perdue. Growing up in Wrens, Gene attended Wrens High School but had to leave in the 9th grade to assist on the family farm. After a brief hiatus from education, he enlisted in the Army during the Berlin Crisis and served his country with courage. It was during his military service that he obtained his GED and further developed a strong sense of duty towards helping others.
Upon his return home from the Army, Gene made Augusta his home. He embarked on a career path that showcased his ingenuity and skillful hands. His journey began at Tompkins Music Company where he applied his talents in repairing organs and pianos. Later on, he moved on to Carolina Furniture and Furniture Barn assembling and delivering furniture. Gene also earned recognition as an exceptional TV repairman.
In 2002, after the passing of his sister Kathryn's husband, Gene selflessly moved in with her to provide support during a difficult time. He became her rock and helped with numerous tasks such as cutting grass, taking care of maintenance around the house, fixing appliances - always ensuring that she was well taken care of. Gene's acts of kindness extended beyond family; he possessed a generous heart that touched all who knew him.
In addition to his knack for fixing things and lending a helping hand, Gene had several passions that brought him joy throughout his life. He found solace in fishing excursions and reveled in peaceful camping trips amidst nature's beauty. The freedom of riding his motorcycle brought him immense pleasure and a sense of liberation. Gene was also renowned as a "tinkerer" who possessed the remarkable ability to fix anything that came his way.
While he was a man of few words, Gene's congenial nature and kindheartedness shone through in every interaction. He valued his "alone" time, savoring moments of quiet reflection. Gene had a deep love for his family and, despite never having married nor having any children of his own, he considered his niece and nephews, along with their children who lovingly called him “Bucco Gene”, as his own. His devotion to them knew no bounds.
Gene was also predeceased by his his sister Joyce Perdue, and his brother Wilbur Franklin Perdue. He leaves behind cherished memories in the hearts of his surviving family members: sister, Kathryn P. Howard; niece, Angela McCord (Larry); nephews, Robbie Howard (Susan), Chris Howard (Janet), Greg Howard (Robin), and Eric Howard (Cathy); thirteen great-nieces and nephews; and twenty-three great-great-nieces and nephews. Honored to be pallbearers are his great nephews, Wade Howard, Roger Tomlin, Evan Welch, Michael Zahner, Travis Howard, Stevie Duffie, and Brian Zahner.
We will remember Gene as a humble man with a big heart—a man who always extended a helping hand without expecting anything in return. His legacy of kindness and generosity will be treasured by all whose lives he touched.